The task of ensuring affordable access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Cambridge to play major role in €400m EU food innovation project

13 Dec 2016

The University of Cambridge is one of a number of British universities and companies that have won access to a £340 million EU Innovation programme...

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Plant ‘thermometer’ triggers springtime budding by measuring night-time heat

27 Oct 2016

A photoreceptor molecule in plant cells has been found to moonlight as a thermometer after dark – allowing plants to read seasonal temperature...

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Virus attracts bumblebees to infected plants by changing scent

11 Aug 2016

Study of bee-manipulating plant virus reveals a “short-circuiting” of natural selection. Researchers suggest that replicating the scent caused by...

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Opinion: A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

20 Jul 2016

Pablo Monsivais (MRC Epidemiology Unit) and Annalijn I. Conklin (University of California, Los Angeles) discuss what sort of diet can reduce your...

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Opinion: When it comes to sugary drinks, people prefer a nudge than a tax

09 Jun 2016

Theresa Marteau (Behaviour and Health Research Unit) discusses how to get people to consume less sugar.

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Opinion: GM crops already feed much of the world today – why not tomorrow’s generations too?

24 May 2016

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) discusses how genetically modified crops could help solve the problem of food...

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Neighbourhoods with more takeaways amplify social inequalities in unhealthy eating and obesity

11 May 2016

People who live or work near to a greater number of takeaway outlets are more likely to eat more takeaway food and to be overweight, but new research...

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Opinion: Local takeaways create a double burden for obesity

11 May 2016

Thomas Burgoine and Pablo Monsivais (Centre for Diet and Activity Research) discuss how takeaways can make social inequality worse.

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Overweight individuals more likely to make unhealthier choices when faced with real food

14 Apr 2016

Overweight people make unhealthier food choices than lean people when presented with real food, even though both make similar selections when...

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It’s time to change the way we think about changing what people eat

11 Apr 2016

The Chancellor's recent announcement about a tax on sugary drinks is a step in the right direction towards fighting obesity, but we will need to use...

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Healthy vs unhealthy food: the challenges of understanding food choices

11 Mar 2016

We know a lot about food but little about the food choices that affect the nation’s health. Researchers have begun to devise experiments to find out...

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Vice-Chancellor calls for increased collaboration with Africa

10 Mar 2016

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2016, an international conference focused on the development of...

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